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Gov. Paul LePage

With drug dealer binder, LePage fails to prove his distorted, racist version of reality

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 28, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
Editorial: The governor should focus his attention on shrinking this market, not on collecting photos to prove his alternate and racist version of reality.
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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Donald Trump proved in the debate how little he cares for the rest of us

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 27, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Editorial: The U.S. needs a president who understands economics, health care, foreign policy, military strategy and much more. The nation also need a president who truly cares about Americans’ well-being.
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Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm in 2013 because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine needs more people ‘from away,’ so it needs an attitude change

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Editorial: The new report from Maine’s Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Development Foundation called for programs to welcome and support new arrivals, but it also hit on a basic problem: attitude.
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One Life Project - Youth Voice.

What students want when it comes to fighting addiction: Someone to listen

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 25, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
The suggestions many students have for what their schools could do to more effectively keep them and their peers from becoming addicted to drugs don’t fit neatly into a particular curriculum, lesson plan or school-wide assembly.
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Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters in Scarborough in 2014.

This is a time when journalism shows what it’s worth

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
When government officials filter news and information only through their favored channels, there is no assurance that the public gets the full story.
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The sun sets on the Portland skyline Aug. 31, 2016.

Meaningful changes, not just outrage, needed to assist Maine sex trafficking victims

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
Editorial: There are many people in Maine outraged by the atrocities that are happening in their own backyards. Now it is time for the entire community to step up in a meaningful way and help the people being victimized by those atrocities.
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Gov. Paul LePage puts his signature and words of congratulations on a banner at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Oct 10, 2014.

Maine workers deserve better than a defeatist governor

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to the potential loss of hundreds of jobs in Maine is baffling.
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Andrew MacLean, deputy executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, voices his organization's support for Medicaid expansion at the State House Welcome Center in Augusta, Jan 23, 2014.

Maine lags behind when it comes to economic growth, but it doesn’t have to

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 20, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorial: Recent decisions by lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage don’t have to be the final word about Maine’s future.
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Jack Robinett, a 4-year-old student at the Lookout Mountain Preschool, eats a fruit kabob with his mother, Molly, at a healthy school party for mother's day in Golden, Colorado, on May 10, 2012.

Preschool expulsions set up children for failure, and that’s something Maine can’t afford

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 19, 2016, at 1:43 p.m.
Some of Maine’s youngest children have such challenging behavior that those who teach and look after them see few options other than expelling them before they even reach school age.
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Video footage from the Conservation Law Foundation shows some of the species present in the Cashes Ledge area of the Gulf of Maine, 100 miles southeast of Portland.

Ocean preserves ‘free from human influence’ necessary for research, recovery

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 18, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
“As we continue to rebuild fish stocks to their true potential in the Gulf of Maine and its rivers, we need at least a few areas dedicated to preserving marine life in all its forms.”
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Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks at the opening of the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland on Jan. 5, 2015.

LePage ensures that sound policy won’t get in the way of welfare privatization agenda

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is finalizing a deal to outsource the job training and placement aspects of the state’s cash assistance program.
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Fishermen prepare to fish amid floating garbage off the shore of Manila Bay on World Oceans Day in 2013.

Plastics are on track to overtake our oceans unless we make big changes

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
Editorial: Most of us don’t give much thought to where our trash goes. We’d better start paying attention, though, especially to the ubiquitous plastic refuse we toss aside every day.
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There are 468 licensed firearm dealers in Maine, outnumbering post offices.

Background checks can’t work if 40 percent of gun sales don’t require them

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 14, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
Editorial: If the point of requiring background checks before selling guns is to keep firearms out of the hands of people who aren’t supposed to have them, Maine, along with most other states, is failing.
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Downtown Bangor seen Sept. 2, 2015.

To stop sex trafficking, Maine should start by ending demand

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 13, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
The BDN’s extensive reporting on sex trafficking has revealed an ugly truth: The desire of some men to buy sex has created an underground market that is destroying the lives of some of Maine’s most vulnerable residents, particularly poor young women.
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The semicolon represents hope for those struggling with a mental health condition.

Inexplicably, unnecessarily, Maine endangers critical mental health services for young people

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 12, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Fewer than half of U.S. adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive treatment for those conditions.
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Dr. Ira Mandel held up a poster during a February community forum in Rockland on the heroin crisis.

Maine’s drug crisis needs real solutions, not racial profiling

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 11, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
The job of law enforcement is to find and arrest as many drug dealers and traffickers as possible, no matter the color of their skin.
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A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos Sept. 24, 2015.

15 years after 9/11, US can combat terrorism and help its victims

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 09, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
The United States is not a country built on fear or condemnation of others. We are also not a country that isolates itself from the world’s problems.
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In 1996, Maine had the lowest infant mortality rate in the country. Nearly 20 years later, in 2014, Maine ranked 37th among the states.

Maine should look to Britain to better understand its infant deaths

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 08, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
It’s not clear exactly where Maine is going wrong.
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Gov. Paul LePage (second from right) marvels at the size of the large maple tree on the grounds of the governor's mansion in Augusta, March 10, 2010.

With a leadership void in Augusta, it’s up to voters to choose responsible legislators

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 07, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
Editorial: Voters have to do what their legislative leaders refused to do.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 31.

With a campaign based on a joke, it’s no wonder Trump can’t admit to reality

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 06, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Editorial: Trump’s campaign is founded on policies — and a personality — that are jokes. It’s no wonder neither he nor his allies can admit to the reality of their dangerous consequences.